Travel: A delectable taste of old Italy

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Vicenza is a medieval city at the heart of the Veneto region in northern Italy

Twenty-three buildings in Vicenza bear the stamp of Andrea Palladio, but there’s more to the medieval Italian city than being the birthplace of one of the greatest architects of all time – including food of the highest quality at rock-bottom prices, writes Alex Meehan

As a place to wander in the mid-morning sunshine, it’s hard to beat a good medieval Italian city, and few can compete with Vicenza in north-eastern Italy. Located in the heart of the Veneto region, it is best known as the home town of influential 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio.

With his use of simple lines, tall columns and symmetrical proportions, Palladio’s style was heavily influenced by the architecture of ancient Rome, and became extremely...

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